Week 7: Fat as a Protective Covering
Past week review (no longer than 10 - 15 minutes).
Last week's lesson talked about relationships, specifically supporters and saboteurs. Did you think about how some of the people in your life fall into these categories?
During this review time, please reflect on the following questions for our discussion. Did you come up with a plan to deal with any saboteurs in your life? Did you put it into effect? How did it turn out? Did your knowledge of the Transactional Analysis ego states of Child, Parent and Adult come into your thoughts at all during the week? Was it helpful?
Who wants to share?
Now, before we go on to the lesson, does anyone have any other insights or interesting experiences that they think would be valuable to share with the group? What about any questions?
Wait for any response/discussion. (Be sure not to let this run too long or get too far off topic.)
Then, play the lesson. (Next Slide )
After Audio Check-In:
What did you think of the lesson you just heard? Anyone have any thoughts they'd like to share? Questions? "Ah Ha Moments"?
Give people a bit of time to flush out initial reactions before moving on to the next discussion point. If there are no responses, simply move forward.
Discussion Point 1:
The key point of today's lesson, as you just heard, is that fat can act as a protective covering. How do you feel about that idea? Was it a new concept for you?
Have you ever seen yourself take on a stereotypical fat person role, like the "big teddy bear guy" or the "earth mother" or the "fat, funny one"? How do you feel about that now?
Discussion Point 2:
According to the lesson, there is something “eating” everyone who eats for purposes other than true physiological hunger. This is a statement some people have a tough time with. Let's talk about your reactions; what do you think about it?
Discussion Point 3:
As the “Keeping It Real” message we heard last week said, something that often comes up around now with people is resistance to the lessons or the work involved in the program…rejecting some of the ideas presented in the lessons, or getting tired of tracking urges or meals, or recording weight and inches lost, or drinking all the water.
What parts of the program do you feel you may be resisting? Why do you think that is? Anyone?
Recognizing that you may be using fat as a protective covering can be an eye-opening experience. But having a better understanding of what may be going on with you is an important and necessary step toward finally having control over your weight problems.
This week, keep in mind this idea of "Resistance." Remember what the lesson said: the area where you are experiencing the most resistance is usually the area that needs the most attention. So, while thinking about this may be uncomfortable, dealing with it is your ticket to success.